Preview for First-Year and Transfer Students

Since its inception in 1994, Arcadia's unique Preview program has encouraged nearly 8,000 students to challenge ideas and boundaries, pursue new interests, and explore study abroad options in cultural hubs around the world.

Classes meet weekly on campus during the spring semester for our two-credit Preview courses, which culminate in week-long field studies abroad. This year, students explored 12 locations around the world.


Full-time, matriculated first-year and transfer students—in good academic and disciplinary standing—can participate in Preview the spring after they enroll. Learn more about registration, costs, course approval, and more.

Next Steps

Student Perspectives

Preview Experience

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"Our conversation over barbecued pork and chicken feet on a skewer made me realize that though our governments are vastly different, we as people have much in common and a lot we could learn from each other."

An Adventure Made in China

"If “future me” came to visit myself senior year of high school and told me that I would transfer colleges and take a trip to Vietnam, I would have thought it was some kind of joke. But that’s exactly what happened."

I Can't Believe I Did That

"I chose this course for a reason: I knew that it was a history and culture that I was blind to, and I wanted to understand more about pressing issues elsewhere in the world."

Preview Broadens My Perspective of the World


Office of International Programs

6 Royal Avenue
Phone: 215-572-2867